Casa Sarandi is a great option in Montevideo. The owner Karen is an immigrant from Wales, very friendly, gentle and helpful. I asked her so many favors before and after arriving and she did it all always with a smile and courtesy.
The house has 3 or 4 rooms (I don't remember), some en suite others don't. I stayed in both en suite rooms in different periods and both are great. Confortable, very spacious, clean, organized and equipped.
The location is very good, in the heart of Ciudad Vieja (Old City), so it is very peaceful at night. It is 5 minutes walking distance to the Plaza Independencia (Independence Square), the heart of Montevideo. There is a delicious restaurant (Dueto) and great cafes (Café Brasileiro) nearby, just ask her some directions of restaurants and bars. Pocitos and Punta Carretas are two neighbourhoods with great restaurants and pubs, although they are far from Ciudad Vieja there is no traffic in Montevideo and the taxis are VERY cheap (7 dollars from the hotel to the restaurants/pubs area of Pocitos/Punta Carretas), so it feels close.
The price is also good.
The only thing I missed at Casa Sarandi was breakfast which is not offered, but since there are some awesome Cafés nearby the hotel, you can take breakfast in different places each day ;)
Also, there is a great kitchen with tables at Casa Sarandi and fully equipped, so you can cook if you want to.
PS: when you are there, ask Karen about her band called "Trelew". She sings in the band, and it is beautiful. Folk music mixing uruguayan, argentinian and welsh melodies and rhythms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Sarandi is a 1930s style art-deco guesthouse and loft in the heart of Montevideo's Old City - the Ciudad Vieja in Spanish. The guesthouse is a block from the Colonial Square and the Cathedral and two blocks from Uruguay's premier theatre, the Solis and from the rambla - a 25-km long promenade, great for biking and running. The owners Karen and Sergio have lived in Montevideo since 2000, love the city and the national music scene and will help make your stay unique with their daily recommendations -most of which are walking distance-- for things to do, places to go, the most unusual places to eat and drink and the most interesting music and culture Montevideo should be more famous for. Karen runs Guru'Guay, a much-visited website on Uruguay, and now author of a best-selling guidebook "The Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo". The guest house is very intimate - just two guest rooms. Both rooms have hardwood floors, antique furnishings and original art. Besides your guest room and private bathroom, Casa Sarandi offers a cosy living room and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. ... more less
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